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Google Recommends ISO Reject Open XML

Zaheda Bhorat, Google’s manager of open source programs, is urging international delegates to vote to reject Microsoft Office 2007’s Open XML as an international standard when the ISO votes this week. Google is firmly behind ODF, the document format backed by Microsoft’s enemies at Sun and IBM, who hope to use it as a wedge against Microsoft Office’s market domination.

Google’s open-source programs manager, Zaheda Bhorat, posted a blog on Monday urging those delegates to vote against Open XML because Google believes that it is an “insufficient and unnecessary standard, designed purely around the needs of Microsoft Office.”

Bhorat said Open XML should be subsumed into the existing standard–OpenDocument Format, or ODF–which is backed by Microsoft rivals, including Google.

In a document more thoroughly laying out its position on Open XML, Google says the core problem with the specification is that it’s redundant with ODF. The company also says it’s too specific to Microsoft Office and that it’s of insufficient quality.

“Submitting such a proposal makes a mockery of the standards process,” according to the Google assessment.

February 27th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Office, Google, Open Source, Applications | 3 comments

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    Well then we had better get down on our knees and beg forgiveness for trying to deliver a better open format.

    Google has it’s own agendas and those don’t always coincide with what is best for the end user.

    Comment by Fred Dunn | February 29, 2008

  2. No surprise there.

    Comment by David | February 29, 2008

  3. I work on the Voices for Innovation program (a Microsoft supported community) and I thought you may be interested to read this post: by Jan van den Beld, Fmr. Secretary General of Ecma International in Geneva.

    It notes that even though the standards community overwhelmingly approved Open XML, it seems some players just are not willing to accept their decision. This is a big insult to the integrity of the thousands of people who worked on this Open XML process.

    Comment by Matthew Zablud | April 4, 2008

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